Mathura serves as the governmental hub for the district of the same name in Uttar Pradesh. In the olden days, the city of Mathura served as a financial and business center, situated at the intersection of major wagon train itineraries. At present, Mathura is a fast developing area and houses more than 2.5 million inhabitants. Mathura Travel Guide provides you all essential details about Mathura is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Tourists travel to Mathura as it is famous as the hometown of Lord Krishna and is a major tourist destination in Northern India.
Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple is located in Mathura near the railway station. The temple is one of the main attraction of the city in Uttar Pradesh and an important place of pilgrimage for the devotees of Hindu community.This Temple is distinguished as the place of birth of Lord Krishna. It is a popular belief that nearly 5000 years ago Lord Krishna was born in the prison of King Kansa in Mathura.
Kans Qila is one of the historical monuments of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The ruin of this ancient fort is located on the northern bank of the Yamuna River. Due to improper maintenance, the fort is presently in a dilapidated condition. The Rajput General of Mughal Emperor Akbar, Raja Man Singh of Jaipur constructed the Kans Qila in Mathura. It believed that in between the years 1699 and1743, a keen astronomer Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur built a famous observatory here. But there is no trace of the monument at this site.
Potara Kund in Mathura is actually a water enclosed area and it is said that mother of Lord Krishna washed his clothes in the Kund. The Potara Kund is made up of huge sandstones and famous temples enclose the area. The stepped structure and the exclusive use of red sand stone in the Potara Kund attract the tourists to pay a visit to the holy site. The water of Potara Kund is considered very holy and it is used for in various auspicious activities. The visitors an take a holy dip by reaching the Kund through the steps. The reflection of the red walls and the stepped structures in the water of the Kund look awesome. The tourists can come and just relax in the Potara Kund.The serenity of the place makes the tourists feel relaxed.
Rangbhoomi has great economical significance as it was a part of the Mauryan Empire. According to the legend, Rangbhoomi is the wrestling area where Lord Krishna defeated and killed his maternal uncle Kansa and also freed his parents from the prison. Kansa had kept his sister and husband prisoners and he killed all their children but was unsuccessful in killing Krishna who was saved by his father, Basudev. The Vishram Ghat is close by and it is said that Lord Krishna took rest at this ghat after killing Kansa.
The water of the Sarovar is ideal for swimming so the travelers can spend some quality time here. Manas Sarovar has a number of ashrams and temples nearby and the travelers can attend the evening arti. Radha Kunj is also an important tourist attraction close by.
The nearest airport is located at Kheria in Agra and the distance is about 57 km. The closest international airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and the distance is 155 km.
Train services from important locations in India like Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Indore, Hyderabad, Gwalior, Bhopal, Ujjain, Jabalpur, Lucknow, Rewa, Varanasi and Kanpur are available to Mathura. There are four railway stations in Mathura.
Roadways perfectly join Mathura to the other parts of Uttar Pradesh and India. National Highway 2 which joins Delhi with Howrah runs across the city. It joins with NH 3 (extending to Mumbai) and a segment of this road is known as Mathura Road. National Highway 11 which joins Agra with Bikaner and National Highway 93 joining Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh are major highways as well. Mathura is also joined by Yamuna Expressway.
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